Wexford sweat on Nolan and Moore

PJ Nolan and Gary Moore are Wexford’s biggest injury worries ahead of Saturday’s All-Ireland SHC phase 3 qualifier with Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles.

Wing-forward Nolan, who has begun all three of Wexford’s championship games to date, was forced to retire at half-time in their win over Carlow 11 days ago with a hand injury and is a doubt.

Teenage attacker Moore came off the bench in both of the qualifier matches against Westmeath and Carlow, scoring a goal in the latter, and was a key member of the county U21 side which reached the Leinster final. He also has a hand injury, however, sustained in Glynn Barntown’s county senior championship loss to Faythe Harriers last week.

Nolan’s replacement in the Carlow game was Eoin Quigley, who, like goalkeeper Éanna Martin plays his club hurling in Cork with Sarsfields, and another Sars man, midfielder Daniel Kearney, is in contention to start for Cork, having made scoring contributions from the substitutes’ bench in both of their games so far.

Competition for places among the Rebels panel is further heightened with the availability of Niall McCarthy, who came on as a late sub against Offaly last week. In addition, Eoin Cadogan, who did not play last Saturday as he was involved with the Cork footballers in the Munster final against Clare on Sunday, is also in line for a return.

Forwards Luke O’Farrell and Stephen Moylan did well after coming on against the Faithful County — Moylan scoring two points on his senior competitive debut — and one or both of them could also be in line for a start.

Meanwhile, the draws for the remainders of the Cork county championships were made at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last night.

The senior football fourth round sees city rivals Nemo Rangers and St Finbarr’s play each other, Nemo having overcome their neighbours by 2-10 to 1-8 in the 2010 county final.

In the senior hurling championship, reigning county champions Carrigtwohill will face either Glen Rovers or Cloyne, who have yet to meet in their third-round tie, the loser of which will play in the relegation play-off against either Blackrock or Bride Rovers.

Elsewhere south-east neighbours Ballymartle and Courcey Rovers, the last two clubs to have won the county premier intermediate hurling championship will do battle.

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